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re: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pippin revival's sound
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 07:00 pm EST 01/21/21
In reply to: re: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pippin revival's sound - Chazwaza 01:44 pm EST 01/19/21

"The entire show the players are putting on for us and for/with Pippin IS A PLAY. WITH SCENES OF DIALOGUE and DANCES and SONGS. Outside of Cirque, this is not what circuses do, and that is not even what Cirque actually does at all -- it is nothing like what Cirque does. Circuses do skits, sure, with clowns... but this is a play/musical. The more one thinks it through the less sense a circus makes... until, frankly, it doesn't make sense at all."

Yes, to put it another way, whatever theatrical elements may be present in circuses and in cirque, their shows rarely if ever have narratives, as far as I know. It seems to me I have maybe seen one or two cirque shows that MAYBE presented at the beginning some sort of character whom we SORT OF followed throughout the show, but as I recall, any such narrative was extremely loose. And of course, as you noted, there is normally no dialogue in circuses or in Cirque shows.

I think what some other people here are saying is that the narrative content of PIPPIN is relatively so negligible that the method of the storytelling really doesn't matter much as long as it's entertaining. I tend to agree, but I still wished there weren't so many lines and lyrics in the show that conflicted with the circus theme.
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